While there will still be some social distancing in sequins, Saturday nights are Strictly for partying again.
Strictly Come Dancing ’s head judge Shirley Ballas is looking forward to returning to Elstree Studios, where she says fellow panellist Motsi Mabuse hosts the best behind-the-scenes soirees.
“She’s a few doors down and she always has that loud music blaring and dances down
the corridors,” adds Shirley.
“I love her energy. I love going in on a Saturday, going into my room and seeing all
Last year, the show’s cast had to bubble up away from their families to ensure they stayed safe throughout the competition.
The series proved to be essential light relief for the country during the difficult second lockdown.
Although many measures are reduced inside and outside the London studio this year, Shirley thinks the show will be just as necessary in the coming months.
She says: “I think after the pandemic and the fact that people have been locked away for so long, I feel as we go into these winter months it’s going to be very important that people have something that they can turn to.
“Like being in Disneyland, you can get lost inside the magic of the kingdom of Strictly Come Dancing.
“Audiences come back to Strictly every single year because they love all of the baubles, the bangles, the beads.”
The backstage bashes are a bonus.
- The first live episode of Strictly airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC1.
Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy
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A romantic meal cooked by a private chef on a roof terrace with a stunning view of London… Peter Crouch arranged the perfect anniversary present to celebrate 10 years of wedded bliss with Abbey Clancy.
But the couple, who have four children, decided against fine dining for their date night.
“On the way we saw a KFC poster,” Abbey told the Loose Women yesterday. “Pete was like, ‘I really fancy a KFC’.
“So we cancelled the chef and had KFC on the balcony and watched the tennis and was asleep by 10pm.
“Really boring but we loved it, getting that full night’s sleep with no kids in the bed.
“It was great.”
And a bargain (bucket).
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